Sunday, February 24, 2013
The College of Mount St. Joseph Lions baseball team kicked off the 2013 baseball season this weekend, playing a trio of games in Kentucky. The Mount opened the season with a 5-4 loss at Spalding University on Friday, and then fell at entre College on Saturday, 1-0 and 3-2. The Lions return to action on March 4 when they host Marian (IN) University.
Spalding scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the season opener for both teams. The Mount out-hit the Eagles, 11-3 in the game, with Rob Shaw (West Chester, OH/Lakota West), Cole Wendeln (Florence, KY/Boone County), and Taylor Simpson (Monroe, OH/Monroe) collecting two hits each. The Lions jumped out to leads of 1-0, 2-0, and 4-0 before Spalding cut the deficit in half, 4-2 in the eighth inning. Collin Shaw (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) started for the Mount and pitched six scoreless and hitless innings, walking two batters and recording eight strikeouts. The Mount finished up the game with three relievers, as Chris Bruckman (Huber Heights, OH/Chaminade-Julienne) was tagged with the loss. The Mount had three doubles in the game.
The Mount got another strong pitching effort in their second game of the season. this time by Chase Stevens (Harrison, OH/Harrison), as he tossed a complete game (six innings), allowing four hits and one run against Centre, in the first game of the doubleheader. The Colonels scored the lone run in the game in the sixth inning on a run-scoring single to left field. The Lions were held to three hits in the game, as they left six runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the second inning and the tying run on third base to end the game. Justin Shelton (Cincinnati, OH/Anderson) had two hits to lead the Mount's offense.
Game two saw Centre win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, on a Mount error with two outs. Wendeln drove in the Lions first run with a fourth inning sacrifice fly. The Mount tied the game at two-all in teh sixth inning when Wendeln stroked an RBI single up the middle. The Mount collected four hits in the game, which saw Kyle Vennemeier (Harrison, OH/Harrison) and Shelton record three walks each. Shelton also scored both runs. Brandon Polking (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) started on the mound for the Lions, pitching five innings and was relieved by Nathan Lambert (Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg), who finished the game and suffered the tough-luck loss. The Lions committed four errors in the game, leading to two unearned runs.